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Lodge Lane has a long history and is the main shopping area of Liverpool's only diverse multi-cultural community. The social and cultural bases of many black and minority ethnic groups are located here. The Lodge Lane area is at the heart of the only multi-cultural area on Merseyside, where the majority of people live in relative racial harmony.

The area is one of the most historic areas of Liverpool outside of the city centre. In fact, Toxteth is named in the Doomsday Book, Liverpool is not. Lodge Lane has existed since the time of King John when he built the Upper Lodge in his Royal Hunting Park of Toxteth. Some of this thirteenth century building still exists and is incorporated into an eighteenth century house.

The Lodge Lane area borders on to Princes Park, one of the most important Victorian parks in the country and the catalyst for the national public parks movement of the mid nineteenth century. Princes Park was designed by Sir Joseph Paxton and was his first commission outside the gardens of Chatsworth House. The park was the brain child of Richard Vaughn Yates, one of liverpool's great philanthropists and a Toxteth resident. He financed the building of the park and was instrumental in ensuring that the public had access to most of it from its inception in 1844.

To the south, Lodge Lane led up to the gates of Sefton Park until this part of the Lane had its name changed to Sefton Park Road when the park was completed in 1872. The 400 acres that now make up the largest of Liverpool’s parks was purchased by the city from Lord Sefton and a competition was held to decide who would design the park. The contest was won by Andre of Paris a pupil of Alphand, the great landscape gardener of Napoleon III, and Louis Hornblower a Liverpool architect.

Lodge Lane is also the main route from the North of the city into Sefton Park and the popular residential and commercial area that surrounds it. Lodge Lane was once the most cosmopolitan shopping area in the city with goods on offer that could be bought nowhere else in the city. It attracted shoppers from as far a field as Dovecot. John Cornelius describes the amazing shopping experience on the lane vividly in his book "Liverpool 8" published just after the riots. Since the events of 1981 the shopping provision has declined dramatically but you can still eat and buy food in the cafes and shops that can be bought nowhere else in the City, including Caribbean, Yemeni and Somali delicacies. The shops on Lodge Lane have great development potential if the area can attract investment. Some of the many Victorian pubs which are now closed, could be converted to restaurants and leisure facilities if the area can improve its image as a popular residential area.




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